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Why do women from other countries decide to move to the US?

Why do women from other countries decide to move to the US?

Majority of the times Desi women, HAVE to move to the US, because umm you don’t have a choice. I mean sure, you can do a long-distance marriage, as our previous generation did. But, do you really wanna stay away from your spouse for 11 outta 12 months? So one of us has to move. Now, if someone is in the US with a work permit and a decent job, there’s no way they’re looking to move back to one of our “developing countries”. And if there’s one thing you should know about Desi families – their ultimate dream is for their kids to move to the West.

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American things foreigners find amusing

American things foreigners find amusing

If you’re an American and this title raised your curiosity, reading this blog will give you insight on what rest of the world feels when they visit the US as tourists. If you’re someone who’s not familiar with the American ways, reading this blog will truly amuse you. And if you’re not an American but live in the US, this blog will be the most relatable for you!

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Official Holidays in the US – 2020 edition

Official Holidays in the US – 2020 edition

Days off are a luxury in the US. If you’re working or studying in the U.S., it’s a good idea to learn about holidays and special observances — particularly those that give you a break! We’re talking about official holidays – schools are shut, you’re out of the office and if you’re lucky you can plan these long weekends in advance. Here’s a list of the most widely celebrated American holidays and how they’re celebrated:

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Conversation topic ideas to make new friends at a house party

Conversation topic ideas to make new friends at a house party

If you’re new to the US, one of the many things you’ll struggle with is making friends. So, if you find yourself getting along with some women, take this chance to get to know them better. And what better way organize a ladies night or potluck or brunch. If you want to get over the phase of making small talk and start making genuine friendships, you have to put yourself out there and start planning your next meetup. There’s a probability that some ladies organize such get togethers frequently and you’ll be added to the list if you express interest (or if they like you).

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What and How to order at Starbucks?

What and How to order at Starbucks?

You know that feeling when you enter Starbucks and you see people ordering coffee like a pro saying words that you don’t understand? Yeah, I feel you girl. One of the reasons why I was perfectly okay getting coffee from a gas station – so that I don’t have to sweat myself ordering a damn coffee.

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Must watch American Sitcoms to learn American English

Must watch American Sitcoms to learn American English

Watching American Sitcoms is an easy and entertaining way to pick up American english vocabulary and understand the slang words, brand words, commonly used words. American sitcom is short for situational comedy, is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. The only reason I felt closer to New York living in India was watching American Sitcoms like..

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10 new things you will discover in the US as an immigrant

10 new things you will discover in the US as an immigrant

If you’re dreaming or planning on moving to the US at some point in life, you gotta read this. And if you’re in the US, you should still read this and correct me if I’m wrong. I quickly realized that the US of A was painted very differently to me because my only points of references were American movies and sitcoms. Little did I know life in US as an immigrant is as tough as it can get. Especially if you’re entire family is back in your home country and you are trying to get back on your foot in a new country.

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Successful Desi women in the US with Unconventional careers

Successful Desi women in the US with Unconventional careers

Whenever another Desi asks what do I do for a living, I see this puzzled look on their face for a brief second when I reveal my career choice. I’m a Marketing Specialist in the corporate world and I thoroughly my field of work. I wouldn’t be lying if I said, I’ve been offered to sway into the Tech field just so that the Desis feel I’m one of them. And then I have to explain that I actually love what I do and I’m not in the field of Marketing and Advertising because of adversity. I studied in Pharmacy school before I did my Masters in Business Adminsitration – the thought of spending the next 40 years as a pharmacy tech still gives me jjitters. To be honest, for South Asian or Desi standards, if you’re not a doctor, engineer or lawyer you’ve taken an offbeat path.

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